There are some experiences that just cannot be described. They are to be felt ‘in the moment‘. The thrill of watching a Tofua’a (whale) is one of these. The first sighting of this magnificent creature is something you never forget. As it emerges from the depths of the ocean in a splash of waves, the sheer force of it’s body starts a cyclonic effect in the waters and the sight is truly like watching music in motion. This is my attempt to capture that first memorable glimpse of the mighty Tofua’a through the eye of a whale watcher.
Mediums and material used:
Tapa: is made by beating the bark of the Tongan Mulberry tree for hours, until thin strips finally flatten and stretch out. These pieces are then joined together firmly to form a canvas like surface.
Tongo Ink: is made from the extracted fluid of Mangrove bark. This fluid is boiled at various temperatures to get a variety of hues.
Soil Paint: The soil used as paint is found only in specific places in the ancient island of Eua and in the past, it was used to wash hair. Acrylic Paint.
Size of Painting 1:14.5 inches (length) x 18.6 inches (breadth)
Size of Painting 2: 12.9 inches (length) x 19 inches(breadth)
Prices: On Request